The calls for tenders are only for the stretches of coast that are currently free from concessions. The majority is now moving forward after the comments on the issue of seaside resorts by the EU. The objective is to bring a rule to Brussels to be agreed with Europe and then subsequently present the law in Parliament. It is a narrow path that the political forces that support the executive aim to follow to the end, not excluding reaching the Court of Justice.
The Italian government has been given two months to respond to Brussels’ reasoned opinion in an infringement procedure regarding 67% of its coastline being free from concessions. Italy plans to present a regulation by the end of this year. However, this move has angered both the majority and executive because it effectively dismantled the work done by a technical table mapping out Italian beaches.
The League Salvini, led by Matteo Salvini, says they are ready to give immediate answers and have been working for months in line with EU Commission demands to provide a framework for territorial administrations and economic operators. They argue that there is no scarcity of resources for those wishing to do business in this area.
On behalf of Azzurri Bergamini and Gasparri, Matteo Bergamini stated that their focus should be on ensuring continuity of concessions for existing seaside businesses, which represent a vital resource for Italy’s economy. They believe there is more than enough resource available for those who want to do business in this area.
Fidanza, head of Fratelli d’Italia delegation to European Parliament, said he takes positive note of EU Commission spokesperson’s willingness to keep dialogue open with Italian government, but believes it’s just another step in an already ongoing infringement procedure against Italy and will not hinder dialogue with Europe on this issue. Zucconi also agrees with Fidanza stating that it could even help draft national legislation once contents are known.
There are several open fronts with Europe, including ESM (ratification vote scheduled on November 22nd), family allowance procedure for dependent children etc., which opposition criticizes executive’s attitude: right-wing politicians make fun at citizens, businesses and EU alike.
Overall, it seems like Italy is facing multiple challenges when it comes to balancing its economic interests while complying with European regulations.